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ALOFI, Niue (May 29, 2000 – Niue Economic Review)---All 21 Niuean students studying at the University of the South Pacific have been evacuated from Suva and most now are back in New Zealand.

New Zealand officials have been assisting with their travel.

Several are still waiting in Nadi for flights back to the country to escape the political unrest in Fiji.

It’s not clear whether the students will return to Niue or remain in Auckland until other satisfactory arrangements are made for them to continue their studies.

Meanwhile, 200 Samoan students were airlifted out of Suva on Polynesian Airline charter flights over the weekend as the unrest continued and martial law was declared.

Polynesian Airlines has cancelled all scheduled flights into Fiji until further notice.

New Zealand officials in Suva are warning New Zealanders to return home or stay indoors as the nation's political situation worsens.

For additional reports from the Niue Economic Review, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Magazines/Journals/Niue Economic Review.

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